Man, I’m out in Texas, man, I’m out in A-town
Then I’m up in Chi-town or Miami shuttin’ it down
It’s that New Orleans, it’s LA or The Bay
It’s New York, Philly, and the whole DMV
I’m a Detroit player, man, it’s North/South Kat
Ohio, Pittsburgh, got St. Louis on deck
It’s Delaware, Connecticut, it’s New Jersey, got hella bricks
It’s Queens, Brooklyn, and yea they’re wildin’
The Bronx, Harlem and Staten Island

Bitches ain’t shit, and they ain’t sayin’ nuthin’
A hundred muthafuckas can’t tell me nuthin’
I beez in the trap, bee, beez in the trap
I beez in the trap, bee, beez in the trap

Damn, damn, what they say about me?
I don’t know, man, fuck is on your biscuit?
If I get hit, swinging on a big bitch
I don’t know, man, I’m shittin’ on your whole life

Translation by RapGenius.com:

Bitches ain’t shit and they ain’t sayin’ nothing

First of all, Nicki wants you to know that no one is more important than she is. Secondly, no one better try to step to her, especially bums.

This line references Dr. Dre’s “Bitches Ain’t Shit.”

A hundred motherfuckers can’t tell me nothing

…Nicki pays homage to the person who it could be said gave her her big break.

I beez in the trap, bee, beez in the trap
I beez in the trap, bee, beez in the trap

The “trap” is the drug dealing spot or any place where you get money. The originally Southern term has become so common as to have spawned its own genre

Nicki is using “beez” here to replace the word “be”. She is not talking about trapping actual bees (although the pun is obviously charming)

Beez in the trap is also an old saying that means getting or to have everything (money or otherwise) and then some. “Bees in the trap”.

…Pittsburgh, got St. Louis on deck, it’s Delaware, Connecticut,…

Nicki’s reppin’ [sic] everywhere and all these places are behind her

Damn, damn what they say about me?
I don’t know, man, fuck is on your biscuit

Nicki’s trying to figure out what someone could possibly have to say about her, wondering just what the fuck is possibly on their minds.

… People typically put jelly on their biscuits and jelly is a slang word for jealous. She believes that her haters are jealous of her.

If I get hit, swinging on a big bitch

Nicki Minaj may be referring to the case when TMZ made the false accusation that she was hit in the bottom lip. It hasn’t happened, but if it ever does, the man would leave on a stretcher.

What better person to pick a fight with than the baddest bitch in the room?

I don’t know, man, I’m shittin’ on your whole life

Despite what is being said about her, Nicki is still beating all her foes by a ridiculous amount and is stating this in the form of a question.

And as a bonus, with no translation needed:

Remix by The True JR.

Million dollar pussy, million dollar pussy
Six inch pumps, play with his balls, dunks
Bald head, yup, don’t want no Forest [sic] Gumps
Don’t let me tell ya twice, already told ya once
Eat that pussy
Who got the baddest pussy on the planet
D boys love me they don’t understand it
Million dollar pussy might pounce on that ass
Throw them hundreds ’til I lose counts on that ass
Max out all of them accounts on that ass
Million dollar cheques don’t bounce on that ass
Million dollar pussy, million dollar pussy

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From “zero-tolerance” to “restorative justice”

Dana Goldstein. A Fascinating Way to Put a Stop to the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Black Children. AlterNet, 4/7/14.

Destiny was in eighth grade when, in the middle of an altercation with another student, she grabbed a teacher’s jacket and threw it out of a classroom window.

She was enrolled at the Lyons Community School in Brooklyn, N.Y., where almost every kid is black or Latino and living in poverty. Only five percent are meeting standards in math and reading.

New federal data shows that across the United States, schools with demographics like these tend to respond to bad behavior with aggressive force. Principals put students as young as four years old into isolation rooms or suspension, kicking them off campus for days or even weeks at a time. School-based police officers — in New York City there are more of them than there are school psychologists or social workers — sometimes respond to offenses as trivial as talking back to a teacher with physical restraints or even arrest.

But Destiny was not isolated, suspended or arrested. She wasn’t even sent to detention. Instead, wearing gold hoop earrings and a t-shirt with a big pink heart, she appeared, a little jittery, before a “justice panel” of four teenage peers. They listened to Destiny’s side of the story (she didn’t know the jacket belonged to the teacher, she said) and determined her punishment: a face-to-face apology to the teacher, two days of community service cleaning up her classroom during lunch, and a follow-up conference with the peer panel to discuss what she had learned from the incident.

As depicted in a 2013 documentary called ” Growing Fairness,” Destiny accepted her sentence without complaint. An adult dean supervised the proceedings, but did not intervene.

…These new kid courts, in which students are empowered to set school rules and mete out the punishments for breaking them, are sometimes called “restorative justice.” The concept, borrowed from the world of legal mediation, shows real evidence of working in schools. Using restorative tactics, Lyons decreased its suspension rate by more than 20 percent since 2008.

Now Lyons is part of a growing national movement of educators offering a practical alternative to harsh “zero tolerance” school discipline policies, which proliferated in the wake of the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. Though the Columbine massacre was perpetrated by two white students at a majority-white, suburban school, it is urban students of color who have shouldered the heaviest burdens of the zero-tolerance push. Those kids have the most to gain from radically upending how school discipline gets done.

Investigations by the Obama administration found that some school districts are nakedly applying one set of rules to middle-class white kids who use profanity or disrupt class (lots of second chances) while black children who commit the same misdeeds are three times as likely to get kicked off campus after just one incident.

…It’s true that many KIPP schools are academically stellar, which has a lot to do with their extended school day and intense focus on college planning. But it’s difficult to imagine large numbers of middle-class parents ever accepting the disciplinary strategies popular at “no excuses” schools like KIPP: students marching through the hallways in military silence, required to sit with their limbs arranged just-so and with their eyes constantly locked on the teacher; and, in one KIPP school, isolating misbehaving children in a padded, windowless chamber the size of a walk-in closet, for up to 20 minutes at a time.

Those strategies do not reflect middle-class child-rearing norms. Research by the sociologist Annette Lareau shows that middle-class and affluent parents expect schools to approach student discipline in much the same way such parents do at home: by allowing kids to explain their side of the story and then negotiate a fair set of consequences.

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“plantation capitalism”

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“On good faith, we just kept waiting and allowing for them to act, and they didn’t.”

“We just knew that she would be defended by her administration, and when she wasn’t, initially, we just couldn’t even believe it was happening that way. On good faith, we just kept waiting and allowing for them to act, and they didn’t,” Holmes said.

Lawsuit claims Hammond school failed to stop bullying. WDSU, 3/27/2014.

Too often, this is the response from the adults at schools. I’ve been there—The Girl Teen had to deal with some bullies in her day and the response was rarely the right one, if there was a response at all. One teacher suggested that the best thing to do was “make the bullies like you,” advice that absolutely horrified me.

Adults see and hear inappropriate behavior and bullying but claim it is “a rite of childhood/passage” or that “kids need to sort that out amongst themselves.” Wrong, wrong and wrong. It is a primary job of adults—parents, teachers, coaches, tutors, school bus drivers, babysitters, camp staff—to guide, educate, and prevent harm. When we do not, we help bullies destroy their victims.

According to [Dan] Olweus, who has been studying those characteristics for 30 years, much of what we have always believed about bullying is wrong — consequently many of our techniques for dealing with bullies and their victims have simply made the problem worse. …

Following are ten myths about bullying that Olweus has identified through his research:

1. THE MYTH:Bullies suffer from insecurity and low self-esteem. They pick on others to make themselves feel more important.

THE RESEARCH: Most bullies have average or above-average self-esteem. They “suffer” from aggressive temperaments, a lack of empathy, and poor parenting.

2. THE MYTH:Bullies are looking for attention. Ignore them and the bullying will stop.

THE RESEARCH: Bullies are looking for control, and they rarely stop if their behavior is ignored. The level of bullying usually increases if the bullying is not addressed by adults.

3. THE MYTH:Boys will be boys.

THE RESEARCH: Bullying is seldom outgrown; it’s simply redirected. About 60 percent of boys identified as bullies in middle school commit at least one crime by the time they are 24.

4. THE MYTH:Kids can be cruel about differences.

THE RESEARCH: Physical differences play only a very small role in bullying situations. Most victims are chosen because they are sensitive, anxious, and unable to retaliate.

5. THE MYTH:Victims of bullies need to learn to stand up for themselves and deal with the situation.

THE RESEARCH: Victims of bullies are usually younger or physically weaker than their attackers. They also lack the social skills to develop supportive friendships. They cannot deal with the situation themselves.

Once a bully chooses a victim, other kids will join the bully or avoid the victim so that they will not become victims themselves. This isolation makes the victim even more vulnerable and is why adults need to be proactive.

6. THE MYTH: Large schools or classes are conducive to bullying.

THE RESEARCH: No correlation has been established between class or school size and bullying. In fact, there is some evidence that bullying may be less prevalent in larger schools where potential victims have increased opportunities for finding supportive friends.

7. THE MYTH: Most bullying occurs off school grounds.

THE RESEARCH: Although some bullying occurs outside of school or on the way to and from school, most occurs on school grounds: in classrooms, in hallways, and on playgrounds.

8. THE MYTH: Bullying affects only a small number of students.

THE RESEARCH: At any given time, about 25 percent of U.S. students are the victims of bullies and about 20 percent are engaged in bullying behavior. The National Association of School Psychologists estimates that 160,000 children stay home from school every day because they are afraid of being bullied.

9. THE MYTH: Teachers know if bullying is a problem in their classes.

THE RESEARCH: Bullying behavior usually takes place out of sight of teachers. Most victims are reluctant to report the bullying for fear of embarrassment or retaliation, and most bullies deny or justify their behavior.

10. THE MYTH: Victims of bullying need to follow the adage “Sticks and stones will break your bones, but names can never hurt you.”

THE RESEARCH: Victims of bullying often suffer lifelong problems with low self-esteem. They are prone to depression, suicide, and other mental health problems throughout their lives.

Ten Myths about Bullying [PDF]

Some adults think they’re teaching kids “lessons” by allowing a student who is “different” to be bullied because of adult disapproval of a student’s personal style, gender expression, sexual orientation, family composition or religion that is not a certain brand of Christianity. This violation is even worse—knowing the adult sees, hears and doesn’t give a fuck. And with that cherry on top, bullying can fuck you for life.

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“go Incognegro”

Author's Note.Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery. NY: DC Comics, 2008.

Author’s Note.Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery. NY: DC Comics, 2008.

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Who the Fuck?

I’m not like other girls
You can’t straighten my curls
No! Who the fuck
you tryin’ to be
Get your dog
away from me
What the fuck
you doing in there
Get your dirty fingers
out of my hair
I’m free
you’ll see
I’m free
you’ll see

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Say NO to Audubon Tax Hike‘s Top 10 Reasons to Vote NO to Audubon’s Tax Hike:

1. This is a new tax, no matter how many times the Audubon Institute claims that it's a renewal.

2. It's too much money: when the aquarium tax was passed in 1986, Audubon was only due to get $5 million tax dollars [sic] per year--now they want $12 million!

3. It's for much too long a time: your grandchildren will still be paying this new tax in 50 years!

4. This new tax is giving them a blank check: we will have no control over what the Audubon Institute can do with our half-billion dollars in tax money!

5. Our city has more pressing needs for our limited tax dollars--including the unfunded needs of the majority of our public parks!

6. This new Audubon Tax [sic] suddenly appeared on the ballot, with zero discussion of its merits: what's the rush, and what are they hiding?

7. One single year of CEO Ron Forman's $750,000 pay could renovate three of our neighborhood parks!

8. The Audubon Institute takes our tax money and earns their revenue from the rent-free use of our public properties--yet they refuse to offer any discounts to Orleans Parish residents!

9. The Audubon Institute runs tens museums and attractions and should be self-sufficient after getting 50 years of public tax subsidies!

10. It's not smart to keep giving money to a group like the Audubon Institute that operates with million-dollar losses every single year!


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Bit(ch) 12: I’m Telling You to Vote Saturday

PARISHWIDE AUDUBON COMMISSION — 50 year special ad valorem tax to support Audubon Commission. Raises to possible 4.2 mils.

To “I’m Asking” [I'm guessing it's the royal "I" or just the reverse of AI for Audubon Institute, which is worse] for 50 more years of tax dollars while “Audubon pays its top three executives more than $1.5 million per year” and “[i]t costs $59 for a family of four to go to the zoo, and $77 for them to go to the aquarium, on top of their Audubon tax” and this money is to “[come] practically without strings and with no provision for accountability to the citizens of our City” after previous tax money went into the zoo and the aquarium plus the Audubon Nature Institute’s zoo, aquarium, etc. bring in more than enough to support them without anybody’s additional tax dollars—Fuck. You. Support yourself. 

Say NO to Audubon Tax Hike: Facebook

Guest commentary: Don’t give Audubon $600 million of your tax dollars. The New Orleans Advocate, 3/12/2014.

[Even City Business opposes it!: "The 50-year, 4.2-mill property tax request reaches too deep and too long into the pockets of property owners without adequate specificity on the use of the resources." "Opinion: Audubon reaches too far for tax support." City Business, 3/12/14: http://neworleanscitybusiness.com/blog/2014/03/12/opinion-audubon-reaches-too-far-for-tax-support/#ixzz2vr3iAeTe.]

League of Women Voters for NO: 2014 Spring Election Information Guide, Sheriff, Coroner, Councilmember-at-Large: Division 2, Council, District C,

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This Vehicle Does Not

2014-03-11 09.09.30

That’s it.

World of possibilities…..

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G Bitch Asks: Mardi Gras Edition

How does Zulu “honor” Nelson Mandela

zulu 2014 mandela 1

in blackface, afro wigs and grass skirts?zulu 2014 mandela 2

Do Mardi Gras Indians parade in the rain?

Why do people from outside Orleans parish, and a segment of the Endymion crowd in particular, recreate their [real or imagined] outdoor patio for three parades? Or 1?

Why on Mardi Gras day do I hear, over and over, not “Tipitina” or “Hey Pocky Way” but R. Kelly‘s entire oeuvre and Robin Thicke’s “hit” song? There’s no club on my block. And it’s not the church down the street.

Bonus: The last king cake of 2014:

2014-03-04 13.09.04


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